Glass wall around Eiffel tower to protect it from terrorist attacks
Paris is planning on building a 2.50 high bulletproof glass wall around the Eiffel tower to protect it from terrorist attacks.
The security measure is part of a multi-million euro plan to prevent attacks in the French capital and will cost around €19million.
The announcement comes a week after a man with a machete stormed an other famous tourist attraction, the Louvre.
The 324-metre-high structure, gets about seven million visitors a year. In the future checks will be carried out for anyone wishing to pass through. To check if the wall wouldn’t destroy the aesthetics of the site the project would go before a sites commission and then the environment ministry.
Wall is not the only safety measure
The French city is also going to rearrange the traffic around the famous tourist attraction. From now on, it is impossible to reach the Tower when arriving by the quays at avenue Gustave-Eiffel.
“We have three aims: improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff,” Jean-Francois Martins, a city official, said in a statement.
It’s not the first structure that is build to protect the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower, it already has a protective metal fencing around its base, erected temporarily for the Euro football championship of 2016.